A Live Coal in the Sea by Madeleine L'Engle

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An account of one family's struggles with loyalty, faith, commitment, and identity focuses on the central character of Dr. Camilla Dickinson, who faces a multigenerational crisis when her granddaughter confronts an old family scandal. Tour.
 

About Madeleine L'Engle

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Madeline L'Engle, the popular author of many books for children and adults, has interspersed her writing and teaching career with raising three children, maintaining an apartment in New York and a farmhouse of charming confusion which is called "Crosswicks.
 
Published May 1, 1996 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 323 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Camilla and Mac raise Taxi as their own, along with their own daughter, Frankie, but poor Taxi, who grows up to be a soap-opera star, must endure profoundly troubling questions about his identity before Camilla can finally answer Raft's question.

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When flame-haired college student Raffi Xanthakos demands to know if professor Camilla Dickinson is really her grandmother, Camilla guides Raffi along the branches of a family tree afflicted with a peculiar blight.

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Madeleine L'Engle's novel "A Live Coal in the Sea" follows one of L'Engle's earliest characters Camilla Dickinson into old age and a season of review.

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